Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s

Presidents Day
Holiday Schedule

Monday, February 20

One Mass Only: 9:00 a.m.

Rectory: Closed

Support Group for Parents
Grieving the Death of a Child

Third Monday of each month
Next meeting: February 20
7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — PARISH CENTER
No preregistration and no fee


Faith on Tap

Meeting February 21
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Lenten Evenings of
Peace and Friendship

Lent invites us to a time of prayer, reflection and conversation… to see ourselves, one another, and our world through the eyes of our merciful God. The Small Christian Community CORE committee is forming a co-ed Lenten group to meet on Tuesday evenings. During these 90 minute weekly gatherings we will explore the Sunday Scriptures of Lent and help each other understand how Jesus fits into our daily lives. Please consider making a Lenten journey with us this year:

-Deepen your commitment to Jesus
-Set your spiritual goals
-Overcome obstacles to God’s friendship
-Develop your relationship with God
-Explore your call to personal transformation

Join us:
Tuesday, February 28
Tuesday, March 7
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 28
in the Chapel from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Please RSVP below. You can sign up all at once, or before each gathering as your schedule permits:

I will attend on (check all that apply):

Tuesday, 2/28

Tuesday, 3/7

Monday, 3/20

Tuesday, 3/28

Lent (in the Chapel at 7:30pm)
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Tuesday, March 7
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 28

Apr. 11
May 9

June 13
July 11
Aug. 8

Sept. 12

Oct. 10

Advent Gatherings:
Nov. 14 & 28 

Dec. 5, 12 & 19

St. Peter’s
Parish Mission

Through the TRANSFORMING POWER of a MISSION, we will see with new eyes, we will hear with our hearts, we will believe with our living.  Plan to attend:

“I Have Called You By Name!”
with Fr. Ken Beale

Sunday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 15

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Click here to volunteer to help

St. Peter’s Singles
Support Group Trips

Check the St. Peter’s Single Support Group website for details on:

Washington D.C.  – WAIT LISTED
Montreal/Quebec/Lake George


Check their website: for all details.

Call Kathy Marshall at 973-246-6148 or contact her at for reservations.

CRS/Fair Trade
Coffee & Chocolate Sale

CRS/Fair Trade Sale of Coffee,
Tea and Chocolate will be held
the weekend of February 18/19
after all Masses in the Slipe Center.

Appreciation Day

As part of our Parish Mission we are inviting all ministers of St. Peter’s to a “Ministry Appreciation Day” on Saturday March 11, 2017 beginning with Mass at 9:00 a.m. in the church.

We will also be providing lunch at noon that day (at no cost). In order to order lunch we will need to know the number of people who will be attending. So please sign up using the sign-up link below, or reply back to Fr. Mike’s letter.

Who is a minister at St. Peter’s? …ANYONE who does anything in the life of the parish. Here are some examples:

All parish priests and deacons,
Parish staff,

All ministers of the parish, in every area of parish life,
All organization and committee members,
Pastoral and finance councils,
All religious educators,
Those in youth ministry,

Youth members,

Altar servers,
Linen cleaners,
Money counters,

Liturgical ministers,
Ushers and greeters
Social outreach ministers,
Those in evangelization ministries,

Social event organizers


Maintenance crew

Please RSVP below if you plan to attend:

Food Drive

We will be conducting a parish Food Drive to benefit the Center for Food Action the weekend of March 4/5. Please bring donations to the Gathering Space any time up until 2:00 PM on Sunday.

All nutritious food will be gratefully accepted, but especially needed are canned meats and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned and dried beans, rice and baby food. Also: paper goods, personal hygiene products and diapers. Thanks for your help!

Rite of Election
Cathedral Basilica

Rite of Election
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
March 5th
Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

On the First Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens will enter into the final period of preparation for the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Rite of Election. For more than a year, they have been supported by the prayers of our faith community and we ask that you continue to support and encourage them by praying the following prayer.

The Church recognizes that God has chosen these individuals to be baptized at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 15th.


Life-Giving Father,
you desire that we may be one in Christ,
so that all creation may give you praise.
Look kindly upon the catechumens
you have called
to the table of your Word.
We pray especially for

Adam Feinstein

Nyleen Hilaire
Raymond Lachhman
Tajwatie Lachhman

Julie Magat
Gila (Gigi) Manasse

and Nevaeh Torres

Through the power of your Word,
our life of prayer,
and the example of Christ’s love
we share with those most in need,
may they come in time to the table of the Eucharist

where we shall stand as one body
united in the Holy Spirit
to offer you praise and thanksgiving
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Thursday Evening
Prayer Opportunity

Prayer Opportunity Every Thursday Evening

Looking for a different way to pray? Join us every Thursday at 7:30 PM in the Chapel to pray Evening Prayer and break open the Sunday Gospel. All are welcome!! 

Materials are provided: One-time registration using the form below, or call the rectory (201) 261-3366 and leave a message for Deacon Ed Bowen to let him know you’re coming.

Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




Quick Links

Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

St. Peter’s Children’s Choir at Columbia


A New Year’s Gathering for Peace: Listen to Fr. John Dear’s Presentation God’s Way of Nonviolence in a Violent World

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St. Peter's Youth Group

Every Sunday, 7:00 PM in the Youth Room

St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
September to June
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!

Outside St. Peter’s

From Grief to Hope Support Group


Are you struggling with grief because of the death of a spouse, child, parent, relative or friend? Beginning Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 7:30PM, Our Lady of Visitation Parish Bereavement Ministry will be offering a weekly program to help people understand grief, cope with it, and strengthen their hope. These sessions are open to all grieving people, their relatives, their friends, and those in the helping professions. The sessions are held year round in the comfortable surroundings of our parish rectory dining room, located at 234 Farview Avenue, Paramus, NJ.

Should you desire any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon Peter Emr at the parish rectory at 201-261-6080.

Tax Return Help

Tax Return Help From The Bergen Volunteer Center

The Bergen Volunteer Center, in partnership with the United Way of Passaic County, is providing free tax preparation services for low-to moderate-income households through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  We will hold four Saturday tax preparation sessions (2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, all from 9 am to 1 pm) in Hackensack, but other dates/times/locations are also available.  Bilingual tax experts will also be available on select dates to help support clients in Spanish and Korean.  Please dial 211 to schedule an appointment.  For any other questions regarding the program, call the Bergen Volunteer Center at 201-489-9454 or email

Knights of Columbus Membership

The Knights of Columbus are inviting all Catholic gentlemen over the age of 18 to join our organization for promoting our guiding principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. The River Edge Knights serve the Parish of Saint Peters the Apostle and local community by volunteering their time and treasure in assisting the poor, disabled and disenfranchised, as well as programs for supporting our youth. Please contact Bob Garcia on: 201-262-7766, or via Email:, or on our website: for more information. We look forward to welcoming you!

LIONS Needed!

The River Edge Lions Club is in need of some new members due to a recent drop in enrollment (retirement, relocation, other obligations).  The Club does much to help the visually impaired, families in need, schools, scouts, recreation, and other community organizations as well as national and international causes.  “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.”  Please join in helping others.  The Lions meet at the River Edge Diner on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of September through June.  Please call Lorraine or Mike Blake at 201-967-1289 for more information.

Bergen Volunteers Needed

The Bergen Volunteer Center turns caring into meaningful action by engaging volunteers to meet community needs. We can provide your members with information about a multitude of choices for a rewarding volunteer experience.  Individual volunteer opportunities, group projects, family-friendly volunteering, student or school volunteer ideas—The Volunteer Center can help in choosing an activity that is a good match for a person’s talents, interests and availability. Our website ( lists hundreds of volunteer opportunities in and around Bergen County.


Benedictine Sisters Retreats Schedule

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Lord Teach Us to Pray,” November 26, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Jesus responded to this request by teaching the Our Father. What can this beautiful prayer reveal to us about our own prayer? how have Christians prayed through the centuries? $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, November 25-27. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “Gospel Images of Mary” an Advent Retreat, December 17, 9AM-3:30 PM.

Artists have portrayer Mary in many ways. Let us go to the Gospel source to look more closely at Mary who kept all things in her heart and was blessed because she believed. $35 for the day, lunch included. Women are invited to spend the weekend, December 16-18. $135. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

A New Year’s Eve retreat for women is offered at St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ, 4 PM Saturday eve until 1 PM Sunday.

Join others to begin the New Year with prayer and reflection. $60. For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Is God seeking you to journey with Him in religious life? Come listen to His call by participating in a Vocation Discernment Retreat for women with the Benedictine Sisters of Elizabeth, NJ, January 13-15, 2017.  For information contact Sr. Mariette Therese at 908-352-4278 Ext 274 or e-mail 

Benedictine Center of St Walburga Monastery, Elizabeth, NJ invites all to “A Weekend with Thomas Merton,” January 27-29.  Enjoy a Weekend pondering the writings and insights of the famous Trappist monk, Thomas Merton.  $135   For information and registration contact Sr Marita, 908-353-3028;

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients. If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact Rev. David Armstrong – Director, Pastoral Care, Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 – 551-996-2345.

Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care. Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.

Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends. Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals. For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Birthright: Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.


SCRIP Easy Fundraising

Just a reminder:  we are still selling Scrip gift cards in the gathering space after many masses with all proceeds going to St Peter Academy. A list of card and denominations is available at the Scrip table in the gathering space. Any cards we do not have we will be happy to order for you. 

For any questions you can reach out Scrip coordinator at

Senior Residence


Home Health Aides Needed

Home Health Aides Needed
River Edge NJ
$11 an hour

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